Year 5 & 6 - 'Falcons & Eagles'

Class Timetable
Curriculum Overview
Each term the children are given a project to work on at home.  For the Autumn term the children have been tasked to invent a product that could be used for future generations.
The children will need to consider:
  • The type of invention.  Examples may include:  toy, domestic appliance or vehicles.  They may even invent a product to meet an existing need that no-one has yet thought about.
  • What materials you will need to use.
  • How they will construct their design.
The final piece of work will need to include:
  • The model itself.
  • Description of the design and their aims behind the product.
  • Description and/or photographs of the making process. 

The work will be due in Monday 17th December. 

Autumn 2 - Earth and Space
As part of our Earth and Space topic we looked at the distance between the Sun, Moon and Earth.  Using a little bit of Maths the children were tasked to create an accurate scale which we could use to replicate the distances in the playground.  Once this was deciced the class decamped to the playground and whilst battling the elements, used metre sticks to carefully set about measuring where abouts the Sun, Moon and Earth should sit in relation to each other.
Three volunteers each held either a marble or fitness ball to represent the Sun, Moon or Earth whilst the rest of the class joined hands and tried to stretch the entire distance.  Even with the help of Mrs Helliwell and Mrs Phipps we couldn't quite manage to reach the Sun.
Some of the interesting facts we learnt:
  • The Earth is four times the size of the moon
  • The Sun is 109 times the size of the earth
  • The distance between the Earth and Sun is 152 million km
  • The distance between the Moon and Earth is 146,692,378 km
Science - Spring 2
During Science, we have been exploring the different states and properties of various materials.  Which type of chocolate melts quickest?  How does salt or peppercorns behave when added to water?
Ensuring there is always a fair test (and after predicting the outcome) we have conducted a number of experiments.  Sometimes the results surprised us all!
Autumn 1 - Biographies and Autobiographies
During this half term the children looked at works by Copernicus, Galileo, Mary Anning and Darwin.  This connects nicely to our work on Dinosaurs in Science and the natural world in RE.
One of the given tasks was for each pupil to create their autobiography choosing a theme which should be woven through their work from introduction through to conclusion.
Autumn 1 - Portraits
To complement our Literacy learning on Biographies, the class created portraits of Martin Luther King using oil pastels.  We focused on blocks of colour using the work of Artist Derek Russell as inspiration.  The children were encouraged to align facial features, analysis the shapes and blend the oils using their fingers.
Autumn 2 - Goldsworthy (Nature)
We had a lovely art lesson outside where the children arranged conkers, leaves, berries and other natural items focusing on the patterns and colours.  They then worked out how close they would like the photo of their work to be taken and from what angle.
Spring 1 - Beautiful Minds
Following on from our Mindfulness lessons, the children created these beautiful pieces of art.
Places of Worship Project
Thank you to all the children for presenting their marvelous church projects to the rest of the class.
As I'm sure all the parents are aware, the children were tasked with creating a new church suited to modern life.  Most church buildings have developed over many years and therefore not designed to facilitate the new role of the church.
The children were allowed to present their work in whatever format they wished such as a model, Powerpoint presentation or indeed a Minecraft creation (as several did). 
It was lovely to see how much time, thought and effort went into the work.
The Festival Of Trees
Radnage School was once again asked whether we would like to submit an entry to the Festival of Trees at St Paul's Church which not only did Eagles and Falcons accept, but also Red Kites and Kestrels.
The theme this year was 'Music' and our class decided to create a 'Twelves Days of Christmas' tree.  The children covered our classroom (and no doubt themselves) in glitter and feathers whilst working on the Turtle Doves, Lords A Leaping  and all the others who feature in this festive classic.
Thank you to all the parents and friends who went and voted.  We were so proud to be awarded first place!  Congratulations to the Red Kites and Kestrels class who came second.  As a reward the children of both classes received a large box of chocolates to share.
Christmas Lunch
We would like to thank the PTA and especially Mrs Freeth for a marvellous Christmas lunch which was generously provided for all the children and staff at the school.
It was delicious and such a lovely way to end the Autumn term. 
Young Voices 2018
What an incredible experience!  After many months of practicing both at home and in school, Radnage choir joined many other schools from around the country at the London 02 for an evening of song and dance.
Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends who came to support the children (and teachers) on the night.
World Book Day
Our second attempt at world book day was a great success.  Our corridors were graced with the likes of the Ganster Granny, Stick Man and even the Enormous Crocodile!  In Falcons and Eagles we were lucky enough to be learning amongst none other than Harry Potter, Mildred Hubble, Anne of Green Gables and our very own The Queen of Hearts (Mrs France).
The amount of effort that went into these costumes was very apparent so thank you to everyone involved at home.
Places of Worship Visit
Our Falcons and Eagles class were an absolute credit to Radnage school during our trip to various places of worship in High Wycombe.  We were incredibly proud!
During the day we visited:
WISE (Wycombe Islamic Society) Mosque
St Augustine's Catholic Church
All Saints Parish Church (Church of England)
Wesley Methodist Church
The children seemed to really engage with each of the churches and the mosque, asking all sorts of well thought out questions.  It was fascinating to see how some of these venues have adapted to modern life, providing classes and other events for both worshipers and the community.  One child exclaimed that "I never knew a place of worship could be such fun".
One element apparent was just how charitable these organisations are, not only with raising money for those less fortunate but also providing food and shelter during the winter months.
After many weeks of line learning, choreography, prop making and song singing, years 5 and 6 entertained their families and friends with a brilliant production of Alice in Wonderland.
The cast were fantastic; acting and singing their hearts out to the delight of the audience.
The show contained many memorable numbers which we're sure will still be in everyones heads during the next year.  You are welcome.
Our narrators had a mammoth task of guiding everyone through the show and they achieved this with confidence and professionalism.
A special shout out to all our soloists; Alice, Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter, Gryphon, Mock Turtle, King of Hearts, Mouse, Caterpillar and Narrators.
Invaders and Settlers:  Anglo-Saxons
During this topic we explored why invaders came to this country, what settlements and life looked like and how they influenced culture.
As part of this exploration we looked at the discoveries made at Sutton Hoo, particularly the longboat and the treasures found within it.   The treasures included a helmet, sceptre, sword, hanging bowl, silver bowls and spoons, a shoulder clasp, belt buckle and a purse with coins.
The children then took metre sticks out to the playground and measured out the length of the longboat which was 89 feet.  Whilst holding hands, they managed to stretch out the entire length.

Autumn 1 - Evolution and Inheritance of the Earth
Visit to the Natural History Museum
We finally managed to make our school trip to the Natural History Museum in Oxford after an aborted attempt in December due to the snow.
Our Science topic for Autumn 1 was the evolution and inheritance of the Earth which involved Dinosaurs and Fossils along with key people such as Mary Anning and Charles Darwin.  We also covered the Bucklands, a display of which was at the Museum.  
The topic homework previously set involved the children being given a period of time during the prehistoric period to research and then present to the class.  At the museum there was a display showing all these periods in cronological order which the children found fascinating. 
Thank you to Mrs Freeth for accompanying us.
Alice Tea Party
Following on from the year 5 and 6 production of Alice in Wonderland, the children hosted a tea party where they served delicious treats kindly donated by family and friends.
Over £600 was raised both from the Alice programmes and tea party which will be going towards the class trip to France in 2019.
A massive thank you to everyone involved.